“THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS BETTER THAN THE LAST BECAUSE IT IS FULL OF NEW BEGINNINGS.”
This time of year consists of a lot of send offs. So many first days… I never forget the two best days of the school year. The first, and the last! To me, it feels like I am sending off a baby owl. One that I found alone in the forest and nurtured it back to health. I love the process. I worked hard to get him able to fly on his own. But the accomplishment of my goal, requires me to let go.
This week, 3 of my baby owls are being sent off. Griffin is getting moved into his house in College Station for his senior year at A&M. He came home last week and told me that he really needed a nice piece of art for his room. That is when you know he is outgrowing college, right on time.
Remi is also moving into her house at UT for her senior year. (Griffin is taking 2 laps around the senior year.) She wants her room to feel authentic to who she is. She wants it to feel like home. She is carving out her little space in the world. It’s a good thing that she has Todd Fiscus on speed dial. One short convo and Todd has designed the perfect room for her and deployed his troops for the install.
Casey is heading to his first year at Memorial High School. Since Chloe is at boarding school, this is his first time to start school without his other half. When I asked if he was nervous, he said, “Yes, Mom, I am going to school without half of me.” Il’l be sure to squeeze him extra this morning.
If this week involves send offs for you and your family, know that you have done it. You are pretty kick ass! You have made them ready for their 1sts. Their first day of kindergarten, 9th grade or Junior year in college.
Cheers to the zoo keepers!
TEA IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Homeowners who missed out on the ultra-low interest rates earlier this year may have another chance.
The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 2.88%, according to Freddie Mac, the lowest level since mid-February and the third consecutive weekly drop. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 2.22%.
Thinking of refinancing? I’m happy to connect you with a lender!
IT’S GETTIN’ HOT IN HERE
The summer rays have been STRONG lately. Here are some tips from Thompson + Hanson to protect your gardens from these summer rays:
1) Water Smarter: Set sprinklers for early morning to maximize the water absorbed. Water for longer periods of time (frequent short watering encourages plants to keep shallow roots).
2) Avoid using fertilizer as it will push the plant to grow, adding too much stress in the summer heat!
3) For plants that are sensitive to heat, a shade cloth is key, only letting a certain percent of sunlight through.